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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

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Address: 5901 South Hwy. 163, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone Number: 573-449-7402
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Description: Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors...
Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble, hike and bicycle through a scenic environment – and lets them peek into Missouri’s underworld. The park contains some of the most popular hiking trails in the state and also offers solitude while hiking in the Gans Creek Wild Area. Visitors can also see a large cave system with its rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream at the Devil's Icebox. You can explore Connor's Cave in the light of the opening for a taste of the underground world.
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Trip Down Memory Lane

Took my girlfriend here on our first date in 2001 and 15 years later, returned with her as my wife and with our 3 kids. Our kids didn't care much for the story of first date, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Midwest
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166 reviews 166 reviews
21 attraction reviews
289 helpful votes 289 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Took my girlfriend here on our first date in 2001 and 15 years later, returned with her as my wife and with our 3 kids. Our kids didn't care much for the story of first date, but they did love running around the trails and exploring nature. We didn't get to experience "Devil's Ice Box" due to the hibernating bats,... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We took a 2.5 mile loop which was questionably marked, but had a great time navigating/creating our own trails. Be sure to read signs about terrain, as we didn't realize there would be creek crossings with no bridges (but still came out smiling!)

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We visited this park from Kansas. It is incredible that this Missouri State Park is so close to a fairly large city. The park has a little for most everybody. Some of the views that are very accessible are quite interesting. The hiking trails are good and there is an orienteering course permanently set up, which provides a fairly rare... More 

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Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The "Rock Bridge" is a remnant of the cave that at one time filled the entire valley. The stream that hollowed out the cave by carrying away the limestone, still flows most of the year. The "Devils Ice Box " is the entrance to what remains of the cave and the several miles of caverns that exist today. Tours of... More 

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Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This park, like many of Missouri state parks, has wooden walkways with stairs and handrails when necessary, making it an easy walk for many people. Additionally, there are trails off the walkways to provide a more rugged hike. Maps are usually available at the parking lot although I have to admit I've managed to get lost within Rock Bridge Park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you're looking for a hike, beautiful scenery, or simply an exploration Rock Bridge State Park is the place for you. The drive to the park is a short ten to fifteen minute drive, allowing for a quick get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Absolutely beautiful! A lot of wildlife, beautiful scenery and designated walking paths easy to walk on.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

We visited in October. Hiked both times we went. We enjoyed the scenery but it was basically mud paths in the woods. The bridge had been flooded and eroded. They are probably planning on fixing this soon. We made our own path across the creek in a shallower area and explored the other side. Neat site to see, good excercise,... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a well hidden secret in Columbia. Its a very large park (so much so that annually they end up rescuing lost hikers) varied vegetation and lack of crowds makes it an ideal walk in the woods any season of the year.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to just let go and enjoy everything away from everyday life. A great place to mediate, too. Great for taking photos, too and an awesome romantic walk together with your loved one. It's also a great place for kids to use their energy and to learn about nature.

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